The Demons and Musashi Open the Lincoln Center Festival

Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Eiji Yoshikawa hit the New York stage

Dostoyevsky does Governors Island: Alessandro Averone  and Ivan Alovisio in The Demons.
Stephanie Berger
Dostoyevsky does Governors Island: Alessandro Averone and Ivan Alovisio in The Demons.

If Ninagawa's staging is somewhat less rigorous than Stein's, it is also more whimsical and engaging. The first act is particularly vivacious thanks to a tango sequence, an inspired series of pratfalls, a song about an assassinated octopus, and a gorgeous scene change in which 20-foot trees appear to dance. In the second act, the supernatural rears and the play's three-and-a-half-hour length is occasionally felt. (Though compared to The Demons, this is a mere one act.) But for a play about pacifism, it is violently entertaining. How novel.

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